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Working with Highly Escalated Couples – A One-Day Program

April 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Program Schedule:

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

*Registration begins at 8:30 AM. Our program will begin at 9:00 AM and
ends at 5:00 PM. (The cut-off time for attendees looking to obtain CE credit
is 9:15 am.)

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Do escalated couples make you want to quit being a therapist? Join us as we explore those moments of greatest difficulty for couples, from still-face to high reactivity to despair and rage. Learn how to keep your focus and go deeper in the face of reactivity. We’ll explore, demonstrate, practice and integrate in an interactive, experiential way.

Through a combination of lecture, videotape, and exercises, participants will learn to identify the basic stages and steps of Emotionally Focused Therapy and to help couples recognize and deescalate problematic cycles of interaction. Participants will also learn to help couples create or restore the emotional bond between them once the negative cycle, and the attachment needs that drive it, has been understood.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the key assumptions of attachment theory as it applies to adult relationships.
  • Identify the stages, and steps of EFT, as well as key change events.
  • Articulate key interventions that help clients to reprocess key emotional responses.
  • Identify common therapeutic impasses in EFT and how to address them and implement EFT interventions in clinical exercises and case examples.
  • Describe the function of protective strategies that create negative cycles.
  • Identify the positive cycle of responsiveness to replace the escalated, negative cycle.


George Faller is a retired Lieutenant of the NYC Fire Department, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York & Connecticut and an Approved Supervisor for AAMFT. He is the founder of the NY Center for EFT. As an EFT Trainer, George teaches at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, is a board member of the Porter Cason Institute at Tulane University and is the director of training at the Center for Hope and Renewal in Greenwich, CT. George has been a featured guest on MSNBC Nightly News “People Making a Difference” with Brian Williams and is co-author of the new book Sacred Stress.

Venue/Location Details:

This program will take place at:

Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP)
10780 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90025

Parking: Garage parking costs $8 for the full day.

Registration Fees:

  • Early Bird Registration (through April 6, 2018) – Non-Member $210
  • Early Bird Registration (through April 6, 2018) – LACEFT Member $ 190
  • Early Bird Registration (through April 6, 2018) – Student $125
  • Registration (after) – Non-Member – $230
  • Registration (after) – LACEFT Member – $210
  • Registration (after) – Student $150

CE Information:

Participants may earn 7 CE credits for attending the entire program.

Partial credits will not be offered.

LACEFT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACEFT is also an approved provider of continuing education by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCs.

LACEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance:

LACEFT is available to make arrangements for individuals with particular needs. Anyone who requires special accommodation for a disability is requested to notify LACEFT at least two weeks in advance by contacting Betsy Walli at or (714) 584-4447.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds, less a $25 administration fee, will be issued for requests made on or before April 14, 2018. We will not issue refunds that are requested after April 14, 2018.

LACEFT is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists. LACEFT will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Continuing Education Chair in consultation with the members of the continuing education committee.

While LACEFT goes to great lengths to ensure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which come to our attention which require intervention and/or action on the part of an officer of LACEFT. The CE Chair will receive and handle all complaints, coordinating with the President and Executive Director of LACEFT if necessary, to work out a fair resolution.

Please email any complaints to with subject heading “For CE Chair.”


April 28, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
10780 Santa Monica Blvd., #350
Los Angeles, CA 90025 United States
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